Before I even get into any actual monthly updates, let me take a moment to apologize for my inactivity last month! I was crazy busy for the entirety of August, so I had very little time to read and even less time to blog.
Why was I so busy, might you ask? Well… *takes a deep breath* A couple weeks ago, I returned to normal, in-person classes for the first time in what feels like forever! It was… wild, to say the least. Seeing everyone on campus after months of online learning was so surreal, especially since we’ve all changed so much over the past year and a half. But overall, I’m so glad to be back. Zoom school took a major toll on my mental health, and even though I’ve only been taking in-person classes for a few weeks now, I’m already feeling happier and more energized.
The only downside is that classwork, homework, and extracurriculars now take up nearly all of my time, and like I mentioned above, I barely got the chance to read anything last month! I’ve been trying to catch up on my reading over the weekends, but I’m still not at all close to reading as much as I did over summer break, or even over those many months of lockdown.
Not having tons of free time to read and blog has been a really difficult adjustment for me, not gonna lie. But hey, it is what is it.
I only read three books last month, but two of them were really memorable ones! Let’s take a look:
Total Number of Books Read: 3
The Broken Ones by Danielle L. Jensen: Out of the three books I read last month, The Broken Ones was definitely my least favorite. I had a feeling I wasn’t going to like it, since prequels are usually not my thing. But I still held out hope that it would surprise me… After all, Danielle L. Jensen is one of my all time favorite authors. But while The Broken Ones certainly wasn’t terrible, it wasn’t all that great either. Both of the leading characters were so lovesick and naive that they were borderline unbearable to read about, and their romance was incredibly underdeveloped as well. The only thing that really kept me invested in the book was the political intrigue, which has always been one of my favorite aspects of DLJ’s writing. But other than that, there wasn’t much else I liked about The Broken Ones. I’ll stick to the original Malediction series, thanks! Rating: ★★★☆☆
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: It”s been far too long since I’ve read some good historical fiction, and Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel was the perfect book to satisfy that need! This story is tragic, heartbreaking, and beautiful, and it’s guaranteed to have you feeling all the feels. The beginning of the book was a tad slow, but it didn’t take long for me to get completely sucked into it! Doerr truly has some of the most stunning prose I’ve ever read, and I couldn’t help but fall deeply in love with his wonderfully crafted characters. I can’t believe it took me so long to pick this gem of a novel up! Rating: ★★★★☆
Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim: I absolutely adored Elizabeth Lim’s Blood of the Stars duology, so you can imagine how stoked I was to pick up the first book in her newest series: Six Crimson Cranes! I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as Blood of the Stars, but it was still very entertaining. I loved the characters and magic system so much, and I’m eagerly awaiting the release of the next book after that MASSIVE cliffhanger! Rating: ★★★★☆
This month, I want to focus on improving my time management skills so I’m able to read more. I’m hoping to finish six or seven books by the end of September, but we’ll see how it goes. Some of the books I want to read this month are My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell, Gods & Monsters by Shelby Mahurin, Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and my ARC of Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber!
What books did you read in August? Be sure to let me know down below in the comment section! I hope you all had a fantastic month!
Until next time,